Francisco lives with his mother. His duties at home include gathering firewood and running errands. There are 7 children in the family. His mother is employed.
Francisco is not presently attending school. Playing ball games, hide-and-seek and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Francisco will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Francisco lives in the forested community of Entimo Andino, El Viejo, home to approximately 2,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tin and have dirt floors.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, intestinal infections, fevers, coughs, colds, malnutrition and the flu. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has drinking water and street lights but needs scholastic materials, food, schools, employment opportunities, a health center and a sewer system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Rocio de Hermon to provide Francisco with Bibles, Bible classes, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, math competitions, scholastic materials, uniforms and shoes. Forty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because their parents lack economic resources.
With the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Nicaragua is the second largest country in Central America, after Mexico. The country has three different geographic regions: the Pacific lowlands, the north-central mountains and the Caribbean lowlands, also called the Mosquito Coast or Mosquitía. The climate is tropical in the lowlands and cooler in the highlands. The Mosquito Coast is an outlet for many of the large rivers originating in the central mountains. It is a sparsely populated rainforest area. Seventeen percent of the country has been given national park status.
The Nicaraguan population, mostly of indigenous and European ancestry, is more urban than rural. Spanish is the official language but on the Caribbean coast, Creole English and indigenous languages are also spoken. Poetry is one of Nicaragua's most loved arts. Even though most Nicaraguans are Catholic, during the 20th century Protestant denominations increased their membership, particularly in the western half of the country.
In 1524, Hernandez de Cordoba founded the first permanent Spanish settlements in the region. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821, briefly becoming a part of the Mexican Empire. In 1838, Nicaragua became an independent republic. The country began free-market reforms in 1991, after 12 years of economic free fall under the Sandinista regime. Despite some initial setbacks, Nicaragua has made dramatic progress. Nicaragua is primarily an agricultural country but construction, mining, fisheries, exports and general commerce have added to its stability and the well-being of its people.
In November 1998, Hurricane Mitch ravaged Nicaragua. Heavy rains followed and triggered a mudslide at Volcán Casita that buried several villages. Over 3,000 Nicaraguans died as a result of the hurricane. Several nations cancelled Nicaragua's debt in late 1999 as a result of the tragedy and the country is rebuilding slowly.
Map of Nicaragua
Child's Location: Northwest of Chinandega